37 from Hawaii make final Poly Bowl roster

Punahou linebacker Seyddrick Lakalaka tackled Kapolei receiver Jaymin Sarono as Marist Liufau looked on in the first round of the Open Division state tournament. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Punahou linebacker Seyddrick Lakalaka tackled Kapolei receiver Jaymin Sarono as Marist Liufau looked on in the first round of the Open Division state tournament. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

The inaugural Polynesian Bowl, scheduled for a week from Saturday at Aloha Stadium, has finalized its roster with 37 from Hawaii scheduled to participate in the game.

Punahou linebacker Seyddrick Lakalaka, who missed the majority of his senior season with an injury, and defensive back Ryan Dominick join Leilehua receiver Kawai Phifer as the final additions to the game from Hawaii.

Kickoff is 6 p.m. on Jan. 21 and the game will be televised on ESPN3. The teams will be divided at an event on Monday at the Sheraton Waikiki.


A bowl official said Wednesday that former Saint Louis QB Tua Tagovailoa, now officially enrolled at Alabama, is scheduled to fly back Monday and participate in the game.

During the game, a few players will be making their college commitments public. At least one or two players from Hawaii are expected to make their commitments during that time. Officially, Mater Dei defensive tackle Austin Faoliu will choose between the Wildcats, Oklahoma, Texas and Oregon, and Westview (Alaska) defensive tackle Brandon Pili will choose between Notre Dame, USC and Oregon State.

Tonight on ESPN’s SportsCenter (8 p.m. Hawaii time), Neil Everett will unveil the helmets that will be worn by both teams this year.



Here’s every player from Hawaii who has accepted an invite to the game:
Kesi Ah-Hoy, DB, Kahuku
Feleti Afemui, LB, Maui
Andrew Aleki, LB, Kamehameha
Jeff Chan, K, Punahou
Ryan Dominick, DB, Punahou
Challen Faamatau, RB, Farrington
Mango Finau, OL, Baldwin
Vili Fisiiahi, OL, Kahuku
Isaiah Jackson, DB, Moanalua
Nick Kapule, QB, Punahou
Kekaula Kaniho, DB, Kahuku
Kishaun Ki, DL, Campbell
Seyddrick Lakalaka, LB, Punahou
Leonard Lee, DB, Kapolei
Onesimus Lutu-Clarke, OL, Waianae
Omar Mareko, LB, Kapolei
Evan Minami, K/P, ‘Iolani
Michael Minihan, OL, Saint Louis
Sioeli Naupoto, LB, Kahuku
Stokes Nihipali-Botelho, DB, Kahuku
Nakoa Pauole, DL, Kamehameha
Kawai Phifer, WR, Leilehua
Ryan Ramones, WR, Moanalua
Jacob-Drew Russell, OL, Saint Louis
Jalen Saole, DB, Saint Louis
Jaymin Sarono, WR, Kapolei
Codie Sauvao, DB, Kahuku
Isaac Slade-Matautia, LB, Saint Louis
Miki Suguturaga, DL, Punahou
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Saint Louis
Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, DL, Kapolei
Ethan Takeyama, WR, Punahou
Jack-Eli Tufono, OL, Punahou
Mo Unutoa, OL, Kapaa
Andrew Valladares, WR, Mililani
Aliki Vimahi, DL, Kahuku
Charles Watson, DB, Leilehua
*’Iolani WR Justin Genovia has been promised an invite to the 2018 game.

View the Polynesian Bowl web site here

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